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Once a staple, meat now a luxury as prices skyrocket.

In Egypt, soaring meat prices have prompted a one-day meat boycott in restaurants and butcher shops

April 28, 2010 12:25 by

Meat is now a treat, this reporter explains, with meat prices in Egypt continuing a dramatic upward trend. The alarming rise in price led organizers to call for a meat-free day, asking restaurants and others to participate in a meat boycott.

In a middle-class Cairo neighborhood, one butcher claims red meat prices have shot up 25 percent within the last month, with a kilogram of beef now priced at around $10. The alarming escalation in food prices has some critics calling on the government to better control pricing in the industry.

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